When Thugz Cry

We went from brothers and sisters / To niggas and bitches / We went from welfare livin’ / To worldwide riches
When thugs cry
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my guns to keep
If I die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take
Got us dyin’
When thugs cry
Times is hard

Born thuggin’ and lovin’ 
The way I came up
Big money clutchin’
Bustin’ while evadin’ cocaine busts
My pulse rushin’
Semi clutchin’ into insanity
They shot at my cousin
Now we bustin’ at they whole family
The coppers wanna see me buried
I ain’t worried
I got a line on the D.A.
‘Cause I’m fuckin’ his secretary
I black out and start cussin’
Bust ’em and touch ’em all
They panic, and bitches duckin’
I rush ’em and fuck ’em all
I’ll probably be an old man 
Before I understand
Why I have to live my life 
With pistols close at hand
Kidnapped my homie’s sister
Cut her face up bad
They even raped her
So we blazed they pad
Automatic shots rang out
On every block
They puttin’ hits out on politicians
Even cops
I ain’t lyin’
They got me sleepin’ 
With my infrared beams
And in my dreams 
I hear motherfuckers screamin’
What is the meanin’
When thugs cry?

Oh, why should you send 
Your child off to die?
In the streets of chalk 
Where they lie
Let no wrongs cry out 
When thugs cry
Dear God 
(When thugs cry)
Oh why
Does it have to be this way?
Our children of today 
Won’t stay wise
Let the children hear 
When thugs cry
Dear God, oh why?

Maybe my addiction to friction 
Got me buggin’
Where is the love?
Never quit my ambition to thug
Ain’t shed a tear
Since the old school years of elementary
Niggas I used to love
Enclosed in penitentiaries
But still, homie, keep it real
How does it feel
To lose your life
Over something that you did as a kid?
You all alone, no communication
Block on the phone
Don’t get along with your pop
And plus your moms is gone
Where did we go wrong? 
I put my soul in the song
To help us grow in time
But now our minds are gone
We went from brothers and sisters 
To niggas and bitches
We went from welfare livin’ 
To worldwide riches
But somethin’ changed in this dirty game
Everything’s strange
Lost all my homies over cocaine
See, they ask me if I shed a tear
I ain’t lie
See, you gotta get high or die
‘Cause even thugs cry


And all I see is these paranoid bitches
Illegal adventures
Bustin’ motherfuckers with uppercuts
I leave ’em with dentures
‘Cause in my criminal mind
Nobody violates the Don
I write your name wit’ a piece of paper
Now your family’s gone
Why perpetrate like you can handle my team?
So merciless in my attack 
I take command of your dreams
Leavin’ motherfuckers drownin’ 
In they own blood
Clownin’, takin’ pictures later
Laugh ’bout them punk bitches 
That turned snitches
Regulate my area
The terror I represent
Makin’ your people disappear
You wonderin’ where they went
Am I cold
Or is it just I sold my soul?
Addicted to these streets
Never find true peace I’m told
Come take my body, God
Don’t let me suffer any longer
Smoke a pound of marijuana
So I know it ain’t long
Where is the end to all my misery
Is there a close?
I suppose that’s why I murder my foes
When thugs cry

[Hook] (x2)

I shed tattooed tears for years
For my dead homeboys 
And my prison peers
Y’all ain’t never heard my cries
Now you wonder why would you die?